The Peter Lamy Center on Drug Therapy and Aging at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy has created a one year post-doctoral residency in geriatric pharmacy.

This American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP)-accredited residency program combines clinical, administrative, and research components to provide the resident with invaluable skills to pursue leadership roles in the field of geriatrics. The Lamy Center's mission is to improve drug therapy for aging adults through innovative research, education and clinical initiatives.  Through the diversity of the preceptors, practice settings and patients, the resident will gain a broad experience with health issues facing older adults.

This residency combines clinical, teaching, research, and leadership experiences. Core experiences include an inter-professional geriatric assessment clinic, long-term care pharmacy consulting and management, varying inpatient and outpatient experiences, and administrative rotation with the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists.

The purpose of the PGY-2 geriatrics residency program is to prepare the resident to function as part of an interprofessional geriatric patient care team.  The resident will be adept at managing a broad range of health and medication needs of older adults across the continuum of care.

At the completion of the program, the resident will be prepared to pursue credentialing as a board-certified geriatric pharmacotherapy specialist and obtain a position as an advanced practice geriatric pharmacist or clinical faculty at a school of pharmacy.

As part of its accreditation by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), this program is committed to the following general purpose:

Postgraduate Year 2 (PGY2) pharmacy residency programs build on Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) education and Postgraduate Year 1 (PGY1) pharmacy residency programs to contribute to the development of clinical pharmacists in specialized areas of practice. PGY2 residencies provide residents with opportunities to function independently as practitioners by conceptualizing and integrating accumulated experience and knowledge and incorporating both into the provision of patient care that improves medication therapy. Residents who successfully complete an accredited PGY2 pharmacy residency should possess competencies that qualify them for clinical pharmacist and/or faculty positions and position them to be eligible for attainment of board certification in the specialized practice area (when board certification for the practice area exists).

Because this residency program is accredited by ASHP, the resident will complete the following ASHP-established Postgraduate Year Two Competency Areas, Goals and Objectives for Geriatric Pharmacy.  A complete list may be found in the ASHP Residency Accreditation Regulations and Standards.

Goals include:

  • In collaboration with the health care team, provide comprehensive medication management to geriatric patients following a consistent patient care process.
  • Ensure continuity of care during geriatric patient transitions between care settings.
  • Demonstrate ability to manage formulary and medication-use processes for geriatric patients, as applicable to the organization.
  • Demonstrate ability to conduct a quality improvement or research project.
  • Demonstrate leadership skills for successful self-development in the provision of care for geriatric patients.
  • Demonstrate management skills in the provision of care for geriatric patients.
  • Provide effective medication and practice-related education to geriatric patients, caregivers, health care professionals, students, and the public (individuals and groups).
  • Effectively employ appropriate preceptor roles when engaged in teaching students, pharmacy technicians, or fellow health care professionals) in geriatric pharmacy.

Learning Experience:

Core experiences include interprofessional geriatric assessment clinic, long-term care pharmacy consulting and management, inpatient adult psychiatry, and administrative duties with the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists.  Residents will also have the opportunity to participate in numerous elective rotations such as diabetes ambulatory clinic, VA memory disorders clinic, pain and palliative care, and home-based medication reconciliation.

Consistent with the program's goal to promote educational outreach in the community, the resident will have the opportunity to work with state and local associations to increase awareness of appropriate medication use in the elderly.

In addition to these unique experiences, the resident is expected to participate in Pharmacotherapy Rounds, the Professional Development Seminar Series, various teaching activities and a longitudinal research project. More information about these specific activities is available on our Residency and Fellowship Requirements page.

Qualifications: The resident must be a graduate of an accredited college of pharmacy with a minimum GPA of 3.0 (requirement waived if completed a pass/fail curriculum). The Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree and Maryland Pharmacy licensure are required. Residents must complete a PGY1 residency prior to starting.

Application Process:

Applicants must possess a Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree and have completed an ASHP-accredited residency in pharmacy practice. The resident will be required to become a licensed pharmacist in the state of Maryland.

Applications for this program will only be accepted through PhORCAS. Reference writers should use the standard reference template in PhORCAS.

Application requirements:

  • Letter of intent
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Letters of recommendation (3)
  • Official transcripts

The application deadline for Phase I of the residency application process is January 1.

International students and permanent residents should contact umresfelprogram@rx.umaryland.edu before applying.

Residents who match to this program will be required to come to Baltimore in advance of the July 1 start date for campus orientation; these orientation dates are not known until mid-spring. These sessions are typically offered on select Mondays in May and June.

Program Director:

Chanel F. Whittaker, PharmD, BCGP, FASCP
Associate Professor
Director of Education and Training
Peter Lamy Center on Drug Therapy and Aging
University of Maryland School of Pharmacy
20 North Pine Street, Room S402
Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone: (410) 706-5535
Fax: (410) 706-4725
Email: cwhittaker@rx.umaryland.edu

Program Coordinator:

Monica Tong, PharmD, BCPS
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Pain and Palliative Care
University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center
301 Hospital Drive
Glen Burnie, MD 21061
Phone: (410) 787 4788
Email: monica.tong@umm.edu